Andy Murray is through to the quarter-final in Stockholm following a 7-6, 6-3 victory over world no. 10 Jannik Sinner in two hours and 15 minutes. The three-time Major winner secured the second top-10 triumph within three weeks and the 104th in a career, prevailing in a grueling opener and delivering two breaks in set number two to cross the finish line and enter the last eight.
After previously practicing on grass, Andy and Jannik met for the first time, and the more experienced player defended the second serve superbly to save the only break point he played against and mount the pressure on the other side.
Both players served at under 50%, and Jannik needed more to stay competitive, losing ground in the most extending exchanges and failing to tame Andy's forehand that worked like a charm.
Andy Murray toppled Jannik Sinner in straight sets in Stockholm.
Murray held at 15 in the encounter's opening game and forced Sinner's mistake at the net at 1-1 to bring the third game home after deuce and remain in front.
The three-time Major winner fired an ace in the fifth game, and the youngster followed that pace to level the score at 3-3 and stay on the positive side. Andy fended off a break chance in game seven with a backhand down the line winner and opened a 5-4 gap after a fine hold in game nine.
The Briton secured the 11th game with a forehand winner, and the Italian held at love to introduce a tie break. Murray fired two booming serves at 3-4 and earned two set points after Sinner's double fault. Playing on a high level from both wings, Andy forced Jannik's mistake at 6-4 to rattle off four straight points and bring the opener home after 75 minutes!
Sinner closed the second set's opening game after fending off a break point before playing a wild forehand at 1-1 to experience a break and push Murray in front. A backhand crosscourt winner propelled Andy 3-1 in front, and he held at 30 to open a 4-2 gap.
The youngster saved two break points in game seven to remain within one break deficit before Murray grabbed a return game at 5-3 to seal the deal and advance into the second quarter-final of the season.